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First Responders get newer rig

Osakis First Responders have taken possession of a newer rescue unit, according to the report from the group's president, Jason Schultz, at the Monday, May 1 Osakis City Council meeting.

The used 2008 wheeled coach was bought at Premier Specialty Vehicles in Fergus Falls, at a cost of $45,000 with trade-in of the 1996 responder unit. Total cost of $40,000. It has 65,000 miles on it.

Cost of the unit was paid for with money earned in fundraisers, along with donations from the Osakis VFW, the cities of Osakis, Nelson and West Union, and the townships of Belle River, Little Sauk, West Union, Leslie, Osakis, Orange and Gordon.

As of Monday's meeting, the vinyl graphics were still being completed by Rose City Graphics of Eagle Bend, but the unit had already been used on two calls.

Schultz reported the department had answered 11 calls in April, with a total of 58 for the year 2017. Thirty calls were in the city and 28 were in the county. One application has been received to join the department.

Fire Department report

Chad Matthews reported to the council that a new grass rig is being ordered, along with a skid unit with tank. The unit should be in service within the next 90 days.

The April report showed three fire calls, including a brush fire and a grass fire.

The department will participate in the Operation Graduation program at the Osakis High School on May 17.

Police report

Police Chief Chad Gulbranson reported the department answered 180 calls in April, issued nine citations, made five arrests and issued 56 warnings. The department has answered 792 calls for the year to date. This compares with 616 calls to date for 2016.

Calls included 10 medical calls, and 11 public assists. Seven assists were made to other agencies.

Arrests included traffic violations, drug possession, domestic assault, and DWI.

Gulbranson reported Clean-Up Day is set for Saturday, May 13, and he has been contacting residents with problem areas and buildings. After the City Clean-Up Day on May 13, there will be strict enforcement for cleanup.

The 5th annual Bike Safety Day will be held on Sunday, June 4 at 1 p.m. in the south parking lot of the Public School. This will include Rich Wieber's BMX Bicycle Stunt Show.

Gulbranson also reported DARE Officer Mark Grinstead has been certified, and the department is meeting with the Osakis School Board about expanding the DARE program, and about hiring a school resource officer.

The department is also considering purchasing a license plate reader which would be used to locate certain high level offenders, such as DUIs. Cost is $12,000 to $13,000.

Liquor Store report

Manager Julie Didier discussed with the council a plan to move the compressors outside the building as required by law, and then to use the vacated space for the manager's office, and the vacated manager's office space for a small kitchen. Cost for the compressor of $7,000 plus about $1,000 in electrical hookups, was approved by unanimous vote.

The present compressor was purchased last year, and the store would get a credit for it.

Suggestion was made to convert the kitchen to a greaseless fryer, but questions arose about the taste of air fryer foods. The council would like to sample air fried foods before making a decision.

City Clerk Angela Jacobson reported that inventory numbers were adjusted in the financial report to show more accurate expenditures for the month. With these adjustments, total funds for the Liquor Store for April were -$1,474.